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2022 Call For Proposals | Startups for Positive Impact

Are you launching a startup that makes positive impact in Water and/or Climate Action?

Are you launching a startup that makes positive impact in Water and/or Climate Action?

Stardust Startups is a Donor-Advised organization. Though the majority of our donors instruct us to use their contributions as “unrestricted” funds, some request specific Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be the focus of their gifts.

Based on advice from donors, the Spring 2022 Stardust Startups microgrant awards will go to early-stage impact startups focused on “Clean Water and Sanitation” (SDG #6) and/or “Climate Action” (SDG #13). To date, we have not received proposals that directly address water and are excited to expand into new areas.

Water quantity, water quality, and climate change intersect in interesting ways. Water is used not only for human consumption; it is critically tied to ecosystem health as well as economic well-being. Facing challenges like the availability and accessibility of clean surface water and groundwater, floods, droughts, sea level rise, extreme weather events, and rising temperature, we need out of the box thinking and the agility and flexibility of impact entrepreneurs!

Stardust Startups helps them sidestep bureaucracy and conventional approaches. We get people on the front lines of innovation and action who can be supported by a small grant. Requirements Project must be an innovative business or startup making positive impact in Clean Water & Sanitation and/or Climate Action.

Project must be in its early stages and if it hasn’t yet, must launch within 12-18 months of receiving funds. If project is successful and profit generating, must donate back 10% of the total awarded ($200 USD) as support for other dreamers.

Visit our website to apply! You’ll find 8 guiding questions to answer in your proposal as well as examples of formats for your proposal.

Apply now!

Stardust Startups, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, awards microgrants worldwide to select emerging entrepreneurs who need seed money for projects focused on making positive social and environmental impact. Stardust Startups provides financial, moral, and social support for the innovative work of emerging young businesses and initiatives that conform to the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals – with emphasis on Hunger, Health, Quality Education, Clean Water/Sanitation, Clean Energy, Sustainable Cities/Communities, Responsible Consumption/Production and Climate Action. Since its inception in 2015, Stardust Startups has awarded nearly $50,000 in grants to a diverse array of emerging impact entrepreneurs around the world in 11 countries and 5 US states, working with purpose and passion at a human-scale. Projects supported include a bio-tech invention helping bees fight parasites and contaminants, a low-consumption indoor air cooling system, an ion-powered aircraft, a eco-briquette creating an alternative fuel source for refugees, eco-responsible tiny housing, innovative bulk food distribution, aquatic tanks to reduce PTSD, a reusable take-out container service, a reading and technology program for young learners, an app startup promoting green habits and local tips for millennials, and many more. For more information, contact camille@starduststartupfactory.org.

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